Homemade Lentil Barley Stew Recipe
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Homemade Lentil Barley Stew Recipe

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“Green chilies and fresh ginger add zip to this thick meatless stew. It can be served as is or with a tablespoon of sour cream on top,” suggests Erin Monroe from Oviedo, Florida.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 304 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1356mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 15g fiber), 11g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrot, onion, celery and ginger in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add lentils and barley; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, water, broth and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add soy sauce; simmer 20-30 minutes longer or until lentils and barley are tender. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Lentil Barley Stew in Cooking for 2 Winter 2009, p35

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"We love it! I'ts spicy and so tasty. We like it with sour cream stirred in. Doubling it is a must for left-overs! My husband is a 'meat-etarian' but enjoys this dish."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"We love it. But next time I would double it so we have left-overs for lunch the next day! :) Great recipe and the ginger is excellent in it!!"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"It's so nice to find recipes for 2, so you don't have a ton of leftovers in the frig, but mine turned out very spicy! I used the store brand tomatoes with green chilies, and they certainly weren't mild! Still, it had good flavor. I just read cookswife81's review, and I'm definitely going to squeeze some lime juice on the leftover bowl."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"This was so good!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Super! will make again and again."

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